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That His name be great among the nations

Malachi 1:11

Gertrude is the wife of German Banda, a church planter in the poor district of John Laing in Lusaka, Zambia. My heart is really encouraged that there are people around the world who are praying for me, my family, and our church. Church-planting is not easy work. We as a family are really thankful for what HeartCry has been doing to support us financially and in prayer. I am grateful that our first-born son, Redson, came to know the Lord last year through the preaching of his father, German. No... Keep Reading

Lidia is the wife of Pavel Purcaci, an evangelist in Anenii Noi, Moldova. I was born into a Christian family with eleven children. I was the eighth child in our family. My parents loved and served the Lord with all their heart, and this was passed to us, the children. In my teenage years, I became a Christian and disciple of Christ. When I was twenty years old, I got married to a man involved in our local church ministry. I was still a student at that time and did not have much opportunity to ... Keep Reading

Macolet (Melly) is the wife of Sam Oluoch, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Kisumu, Kenya. They have two daughters: Lois (23) and Nila (20). My line of training is secretarial—bookkeeping and accounts. I have been in ministry working alongside my husband for over twenty years. One of the things dear to me is spending time and studying the Bible with the young people, even though there may be no immediate conversions. Scripture encourages me that it is the Holy Spirit’s work to con... Keep Reading

Natalia is the wife of Nicolae Dunas, an evangelist in Cahul, Moldova. My spiritual life began at age thirteen when curiosity drove me to see what Christians do in church. I heard the call of God in a Baptist church in Brinza. I then started to go to every Bible study meeting for teenagers they held, which helped me grow spiritually, and I understood more and more about God. At age seventeen, I was baptized. Right after that, I went to Cluj-Napoca, Romania, to study economics. It was a very di... Keep Reading

Olga is the wife of Gelu Ciorna, a pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Cahul, Moldova. They have four children: Robert, Filip, George, and Victoria. I am blessed to support my husband in the youth ministry. Our target is high school and college students. Besides my family duties, I believe my first priority is to pray for the people we serve. Raising my children takes a lot of time—Robert, the oldest, is in school; Filip goes to pre-school; and the two youngest are home with me. I meet ... Keep Reading

Stella is the wife of Marshal Kasongo, a church planter in Chipulukusu in Ndola, Zambia. Iwas raised in a Pentecostal church, so my past understanding of conversion was based on speaking in tongues. At that time, when anyone showed this ability, I was certain that that person was saved; but these were false assumptions about what it means to be conformed to Christ. I lived like that, believing it was normal for people to possess that “gift.” Now, ever since I became reformed in my t... Keep Reading

Gladys is the wife of Arturo Marin, who pastors a Baptist church in San Martin, Peru. I was born in the city of Lima, Peru, and I was converted to Christ when I was a young girl. I met Arturo in the Baptist Church of Chorrillos. Being two very incompatible people, it is quite impressive how the Lord joined us together in marriage and then called us to missionary work. It was also impressive how the Lord providentially prepared us for the work of missions during the time that Arturo was put in t... Keep Reading

Lena is the wife of Vitalii Rusnac, a church planter in Cernauti, Ukraine. I am very thankful to God because, by His mercy, He has blessed me with the greatest blessing of all: the call to live together with Him—looking only to Him and serving only Him. By His grace, I was born into a Christian family. I attended Sunday school from when I was little, and I had the opportunity to hear about Christ often. As I went to school, I decided to study the piano; and then I continued to pursue musi... Keep Reading

Hanh is the wife of Danh*, a pastor in Vietnam. I was born into a family that followed natural worship. There were numerous gods in which my grandparents and my parents believed. Whenever we had problems—for example, when one member in my family had a disease—my parents would offer sacrifices and beg those gods to save the life of the family member. Seeing my parents practice these things, I imitated them and believed these gods could save me too—even though I did not understa... Keep Reading

Bao is the wife of Jian*, a church planter in China. I was brought to Christianity through the influence of my mother. This was how the Lord chose to save me, and it was completely the grace of God for me to become His child. My mother heard the gospel through her sister, before I was born. During that time, she had anemia and was seriously ill. In the beginning, she believed in the Lord because she wanted to be healed of her own sickness. After a few years (when I was still young), she had a s... Keep Reading

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